PCBs / Hazardous Materials Removal
Polychlorinated Biphenyl(s) or PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 to 1979 (when production was banned). PCBs were used in hundreds of commercial and industrial applications including but not limited to electrical and hydraulic equipment; plasticizers in paints, plastics and rubber products; pigments and dyes. Products that may contain PCBs include,
Fluorescent light ballasts
Transformers and capacitors
Old electrical devices and appliances
Oil used in motors and hydraulic systems
Cable and thermal insulation materials
Adhesives and tapes
Oil based paints
PCBs can have adverse health effects on the immune system and nervous system, while also being linked to cancer. PCBs are becoming a “hot” environmental issue and many building owners are addressing this concern through testing and abatement to ensure employee safety and regulatory compliance. GEM Environmental employees are trained in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(e), (p) & (q) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER). Our 30 + years in the environmental field allows us to effectively remediate PCBs or any other hazardous materials that require attention. Whether it is PCBs, mercury, volatile and nonvolatile organic compounds, lead, or acids, the GEM Environmental team can remediate, containerize and provide proper disposal for the hazardous material(s) of concern.
Asbestos Abatement & Inspections
EPA, OSHA and TSCA Title II accredited training providers are utilized to obtain the knowledge required to properly handle asbestos-containing materials. GEM Environmental, Inc. also performs additional in-house training for every aspect of job site risk management, from onsite operations to final asbestos disposal. Our employees are fully equipped and have the experience necessary to ensure safety during each phase of the asbestos removal process.
The GEM Environmental Inc. team has removed asbestos from a broad range of sites including hospitals, colleges and universities, public and private schools, museums, industrial buildings, airports, power generation facilities, paper mills, hotels and resorts, commercial buildings, as well as retail and residential structures. Many times, GEM Environmental is asked to remove asbestos-containing materials while other areas of the building or site is in operation. We have the experience and expertise to remove regulated and non-regulated asbestos-containing materials without interrupting productivity. During abatement activities, GEM Environmental utilizes sufficient containment procedures and employees engineering controls to ensure safety of all building occupants and prevent interruption of separate building operations.
Asbestos Inspections are completed start to finish by a state licensed Inspector and we can accommodate both residential and commercial customers who are renovating or demolishing a building.
GEM Environmental Inc. makes sure we have you covered when it comes to lead abatement from enclosures to off-site removal. We make sure you are in compliance with the HUD, RRP, and OSHA lead rules. We are certified and our workers are trained to provide the lead abatement, stabilization, or encapsulation services that your project requires.
We evaluate the SAFEST means to complete the scope of work. This could include covering the lead paint with flexible wall covering, paneling, or with gypsum board. Project requirements also could consist of the full paint removal and/or replacing the object coated with lead paint entirely with new material.
HEALTH and SAFETY is our #1 CORE VALUE. Our abatement procedures necessitate employees wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including disposable gloves, goggles, HEPA respirator, shoe covers or booties, and disposable coveralls.